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Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Brenton L. Saunders

Mr. Saunders is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergan plc.

  • He was elected Chairman in 2016, and has served as a Director and as Chief Executive Officer and President from July 2014 to May 2016. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Forest Laboratories, Inc. and had served as a Director of Forest beginning in 2011. Mr. Saunders has significant healthcare industry expertise and a proven track-record leading business transformations and integrations. Prior to Forest, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Bausch + Lomb Incorporated, a leading global eye health company, serving in this capacity from March 2010 until August 2013. Mr. Saunders also held a number of leadership positions at Schering-Plough, including the position of President of Global Consumer Health Care and was named head of integration for the company’s merger with Merck & Co. and for Schering-Plough’s acquisition of Organon BioSciences. Before joining Schering-Plough, Mr. Saunders was a Partner and Head of Compliance Business Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Prior to that, he was Chief Risk Officer at Coventry Health Care and Senior Vice President, Compliance, Legal and Regulatory at Home Care Corporation of America. Mr. Saunders began his career as Chief Compliance Officer for the Thomas Jefferson University Health System. Mr. Saunders serves on the Board of Directors at RWJBarnabas Health and is a member of the Business Council and PhRMA. He received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.B.A. from Temple University School of Business, and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

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Chief Operating Officer

Robert A. Stewart

Mr. Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer, and has served in this role since May 2016.

  • Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Stewart served as President, Generics and Global Operations from March 2015 to May 2016; Chief Operating Officer from July 2014 to March 2015; and President, Global Operations, from August 2010 to July 2014. He joined the Company (then Watson) in November 2009 as Senior Vice President, Global Operations. Prior to joining Watson, Mr. Stewart held various positions with Abbott Laboratories, Inc. from 2001 until 2009 where he most recently served as Divisional Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Quality Assurance and prior to this position served as Divisional Vice President for U.S./Puerto Rico and Latin America Plant Operations. Prior to joining Abbott Laboratories, Inc., he worked for Knoll Pharmaceutical Company from 1995 to 2001 and Hoffman La-Roche Inc. Mr. Stewart received B.S. degrees in Business Management / Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Chief Commercial Officer

William Meury

Mr. Meury is the Chief Commercial Officer, and has served in this role since May 2016.

  • He previously served as President, Branded Pharma from March 2015 to May 2016. Mr. Meury joined the Company (then Actavis) in July 2014 as Executive Vice President, Commercial, North American Brands. He has significant experience in launching and commercializing healthcare products. Prior to joining Actavis, he served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Forest Laboratories, Inc. He joined Forest in 1993 and held multiple roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing, New Products, Business Development, and Sales. Before joining Forest, Mr. Meury worked in public accounting for Reznick Fedder & Silverman and in financial reporting for MCI Communications. He received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland. Mr. Meury is currently a Board of Director of several organizations including The Jed Foundation, International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation, and The Allergan Foundation.

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Chief Financial Officer

Maria Teresa Hilado

Ms. Hilado is the Chief Financial Officer, and has served in this role since December 2014.

  • Prior to joining the Company, she served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer of PepsiCo, Inc. from 2009 to 2014. Before joining PepsiCo, Ms. Hilado served as Vice President and Treasurer for Schering-Plough Corporation from 2008 to 2009. Before joining Schering-Plough, she spent more than 17 years with General Motors Corporation in leadership roles of increasing responsibility, most notably Assistant Treasurer from 2006 to 2008 and CFO, GMAC Commercial Finance LLC from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Hilado began her career with Far East Bank and Trust Company, Manila, Philippines. Ms. Hilado received a B.S. in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Administration.

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Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Robert D. Bailey

Mr. Bailey is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, and has served in this role since July 2014.

  • He previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Forest Laboratories, Inc. from November 2013 to June 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Bailey served as Executive Vice President, Law, Policy and Communications at Bausch + Lomb from 2007 to 2013. Before joining Bausch + Lomb in 1994, he was an attorney at Nixon Peabody (formerly Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle). Mr. Bailey received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota and his B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

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Chief Human Resources Officer

Karen Ling

Ms. Ling is the Chief Human Resources Officer, and has served in this role since July 2014.

  • She previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Forest Laboratories, Inc. from January 2014 to July 2014. Ms. Ling joined Forest from Merck & Co., where she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for the company’s Global Human Health and Consumer Care businesses worldwide beginning in November 2011. Previously, she served as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits at Merck and Group Vice President, Global Compensation & Benefits at Schering-Plough (which was acquired by Merck). Prior to joining Schering-Plough in 2008, Ms. Ling spent 14 years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in various positions of responsibility in human resources and in Wyeth’s Labour and Employment Department. Before joining Wyeth, Ms. Ling was an attorney at Goldstein and Manello, P.C. in Boston. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Glaucoma Foundation, Inc., a non-for-profit organization. Ms. Ling received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale University.

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Chief R&D Officer

Dr. C. David Nicholson

Dr. Nicholson is the Chief R&D Officer and has served in this role since March 2015.

  • He joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Global Brands R&D in August 2014. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer and EVP, R&D for Bayer CropScience from March 2012 to August 2014; Vice President of Licensing and Knowledge Management at Merck from 2009 to December 2011; and Senior Vice President, responsible for Global Project Management and Drug Safety at Schering-Plough from 2007 to 2009. From 1988 to 2007, Dr. Nicholson held various leadership positions at Organon, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Research & Development and was a member of the company’s Executive Management Committee. He received a B.Sc. from the University of Manchester and his Ph.D. from the University of Wales.

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Chief Communications Officer

Alex Kelly

Alex Kelly was appointed Chief Communications Officer on April 20, 2015.

  • Previously, Mr. Kelly served as Senior Vice President, Chief Integration Officer since July 1, 2014. In this role, he led the integration of Forest Laboratories following its acquisition by Actavis. He also co-led the integration of Allergan. Prior to joining Actavis, Mr. Kelly was Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Public Affairs and Investor Relations at Forest Laboratories. In that role, he led Forest’s corporate communications and investor relations programs, including internal and external communications, media relations, corporate branding, product communications, and public affairs. While at Forest, Mr. Kelly led the integration of Aptalis Pharma following its acquisition in January 2014. Prior to Forest, Mr. Kelly served as Vice President, Investor Relations at Bausch + Lomb. Mr. Kelly was Senior Vice President, Investor Relations at Merck & Co., Inc. following the combination with Schering-Plough where he led the Global Communications and Investor Relations team. He previously worked for Novartis as Executive Director, Investor Relations, after spending 14 years at Pharmacia, including ten years in pharmaceutical sales and sales management and four years in investor relations. Mr. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Purdue University, where he graduated Cum Laude.

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